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Old 25-02-2016, 22:43   #1 (permalink)
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Help needed please
I am now the proud owner of a nice new Nikon D750 i have been after a full frame for some time anyway back to the point i am looking for a lens to go with said camera for landscape shots and was hoping for some advice.
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Old 25-02-2016, 23:32   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations on your new camera

The Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 is a great lens for general purpose including landscapes. The Tamron 24-70 also gets good press. Wider angle lenses can also be used and can give excellent results by giving a foreground feature dominance whilst retaining a lot of the environment. However a panorama using a less wide angle lens can give great results as has been shown here many times.

A 35mm prime might be a good compromise and at a very reasonable cost, but would not be as useful for other types of photography.

Bear in mind that a wide angle lens will give equally wide views both up and down as well as from side to side which can lead to cropping foreground and sky so you end up with a shot you could have got with a pano.
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Old 26-02-2016, 05:08   #3 (permalink)
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Cheers Graham i have a Nikon 24-120 but was thinking of somthing wider maybe a Sigma 10-20 as i used to have one when i had my Canon, but i am not sure about the compatability for the older lenses
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Old 26-02-2016, 08:20   #4 (permalink)
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Sigma 10-20mm is not a full frame lens.

Either the Nikon 16-35mm F4 VR or the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 would be my choice.

I prefer the 16-35mm as it takes the same 77mm filters as my 24-70mm and I find the VR more useful than the extra stop.
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Congrats on your purchase of the 750 - nice one. I hope it's the way that all manufacturers will go in future, with smaller bodies... I like my FE in the hand, although it gets dwarfed by the bigger lenses.

I agree with -Oy-. Although I have the 17-35, it is a very useful lens, and stays on my camera for landscapes. The 3 f/4 lenses from Nikon (16-35,24-120,70-200) complement each other well because they overlap a bit of each other's range, meaning you are not obliged to change lenses at the transition focal length. The 24-120 is the weakest of the 3 (mainly due to more obvious pin cushion / barrel distortion, which can be corrected in software) but still an excellent lens with a good range for walking, as are the others with their lighter weight.

If your budget will allow, the 16-35 has excellent reviews for sharpness and would be my lens of choice given your original post.

Avoid any lens made for DX cameras. As -Oy- remarked, they are not for full frame and will not provide a full image on your sensor - something akin to looking through a tunnel. Independent lens manufacturers mark their DX compatible lenses differently, so be aware.
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If you want to go for a really wide angle lens, The above advice is good. If your budget is tight after getting the new camera don't overlook the Tokina 16-30 f2.8, the Tamron 16-30 f2.8 and the Sigma 12-24. This is not a fast lens however. Sigma also do a wide range of wide angle and fish eye primes.

I have a Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 but don't use it a lot for landscapes. It is great in confined spaces though.
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Thanks everyone for the input it has certainly given me something work with.
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Also consider looking at the 18-35G. no VR and it has a variable aperture but it's a bargain lens and tack sharp. VR isn't really a concern if you're using a tripod anyway.. It is full frame..

I bought one for photographing fireworks 2 years ago and it lives on my D800 most of the time now as a general purpose lens..
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I cannot advise on any specific lens for Nikon but worth thinking about the type of shots you plan to take. Landscapes do not all need to be wide angle and you could create Panos for some of the wider angle views anyway. Like you I used to have a 10-22 mm (canon) when I used an APS-C format and missed this when I bought a full frame. At the time I even considered buying the Nikon 14-24mm which you can buy with a Canon mount but lose some of the auto-features so I did not pursue this course. I certainly considered a Canon 16-35mm but in the end was persuaded to buy a Sigma 12-24mm. I have been pleased with the results of this lens generally but it is not as good build quality as a genuine Canon L lens.
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